August 7, 2008

Abiomed Announces 16% Revenue Growth to $16.4 Million for First Quarter of Fiscal 2009

Abiomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABMD) today announced first quarter of fiscal 2009 revenue of $16.4 million, up 16% compared to revenue of $14.1 million for the same period of fiscal 2008.

Recent financial and operating highlights include:

-- On June 2, 2008, Abiomed announced that it had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of its Impella(R) 2.5 Cardiac Assist Device. Through August 6, 2008, 56 of the approximately 1,700 U.S. hospitals with catheterization labs have acquired Abiomed's Impella 2.5 device under the 510(k) clearance and 86 U.S. hospitals have purchased the Impella 2.5 device overall.

-- Total Impella revenue was $5.9 million, up 228%, and Impella disposable revenue was $5.5 million, up 323%, for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 compared to the same period of fiscal 2008.

-- Total legacy business revenue (BVS(R) 5000, AB5000(R), iPulse(TM), intra-aortic balloon or IAB, AbioCor(R), service and other) was $10.5 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 and decreased approximately 15% compared to the same period of fiscal 2008. AB5000 patient utilization during the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was approximately flat with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.

-- Total disposables, service and other revenue (non-console revenue) comprised approximately 90% of total revenue for first quarter of fiscal 2009. A total of 709 disposable units were shipped during the quarter (excluding IAB disposables).

-- Abiomed is currently conducting an Impella 2.5 study for high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at up to 150 U.S. hospitals (Protect II study). As of August 6, 2008, 187 U.S. hospitals are pursuing the study, with 55 hospitals ready for enrollment of patients, 36 with Investigational Review Board (IRB) approval but not yet enrolling, and 96 hospitals having submitted to the IRB or submission is pending. We have completed 107 patients from 28 hospitals or 16% of the 654 patients required.

-- Abiomed's pivotal study with Impella 2.5 for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was approved by the FDA for up to 150 hospitals (Recover II study). As of August 6, 2008, 53 U.S. hospitals are pursuing the study. No hospitals are enrolling patients yet, however, 4 hospitals have IRB approval, and 49 have submitted to the IRB or submission is pending.

-- Based on the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) update on August 1, 2008, the BVS 5000 and AB5000 are the only ventricular assist devices (VADs) eligible for diagnostic related group 1 (DRG 1) for heart recovery. Additionally, the AbioCor total replacement heart has been re-assigned to DRG 1.

-- Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was 66%. The Company implemented certain Impella console placement programs during the quarter to generate future disposable revenue. For the U.S. pivotal studies, thirty-eight consoles were placed on consignment with the expectation that the respective hospitals will purchase a minimum amount of future disposables and participate in the pivotal studies. Eight consoles for Impella 2.5 commercial use were placed on consignment with the expectation that the respective hospitals will purchase a minimum amount of disposables within a given period of time. If these expectations for future disposable orders are not met within the given timeframe, the Company has the right to take back the Impella consoles. Eight AB5000 and twelve iPulse consoles transferred title based on completion of the deployment utilization agreements with the hospitals. Four AB5000 consoles were consigned with the expectations for future disposable revenue. The total effect of these console placement programs negatively impacted gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 by approximately eight gross margin points.

-- The first quarter of fiscal 2009 GAAP net loss was approximately $9.1 million, or $.28 per share, which included stock option and other stock-based compensation expense of $1.7 million and intangibles amortization of $0.4 million. Excluding these charges the non-GAAP net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was approximately $7.0 million, or $.21 per share. The GAAP net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 was $8.3 million, or $.26 per share and included stock option and other stock-based compensation expense of $1.7 million and $0.4 million of intangibles amortization.

"Our top Fiscal Year 2009 goal is launching our Impella 2.5 platform including successful clinical trial execution. During this first fiscal quarter of 2009, we were pleased with our revenue growth from Impella and the continued momentum in our two U.S. pivotal studies for the Impella 2.5," said Michael R. Minogue, Chairman, CEO and President of Abiomed.

Abiomed today announced it is reaffirming its full-year fiscal 2009 revenue estimate of approximately $75 million to $80 million.

The Company will host a conference call today at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss its first quarter of fiscal 2009 results. Michael R. Minogue, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Daniel J. Sutherby, Chief Financial Officer will host the conference call.

To listen to the call live, please tune into the webcast via or dial 866.362.4829; the international number is 617.597.5346. The access code is 21674892. A replay of this conference call will be available beginning at 10 a.m. ET on August 7, 2008 through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 21, 2008. The replay phone number is 888.286.8010; the international number is 617.801.6888. The replay access code is 25571704.


Based in Danvers, Massachusetts, Abiomed, Inc., is a leading provider of medical devices that provide circulatory support to acute heart failure patients across the continuum of care in heart recovery. Our products are designed to enable the heart to rest, heal and recover by improving blood flow and/or performing the pumping of the heart. For additional information please visit:


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This Release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding development of Abiomed's existing and new products, the Company's progress toward commercial growth, and future opportunities and expected regulatory approvals. The Company's actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements based upon a number of factors, including uncertainties associated with development, testing and related regulatory approvals, including anticipated future losses, complex manufacturing, high quality requirements, dependence on limited sources of supply, competition, technological change, government regulation, future capital needs and uncertainty of additional financing, and other risks and challenges detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Annual Report filed on Form 10-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this Release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the results of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date of this Release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 Abiomed, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands, except share data)  June 30,   March 31, 2008        2008 ---------- ----------- (Unaudited) ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents                      $   1,627  $   2,042 Restricted securities                             22,739        --- Short-term marketable securities                   4,062     36,257 Accounts receivable, net                          13,883     14,071 Inventories                                       19,514     17,428 Prepaid expenses and other current assets          1,506      1,705 ---------- ----------- Total current assets                               63,331     71,503 Property and equipment, net                         7,232      7,551 Intangible assets, net                              6,466      6,921 Goodwill                                           37,033     31,563 Other assets                                          565        493 ---------- ----------- Total assets                                    $ 114,627  $ 118,031 ========== =========== LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable                               $   6,790  $   9,024 Accrued expenses                                   7,821      9,290 Deferred revenue                                   1,072      1,162 ---------- ----------- Total current liabilities                          15,683     19,476 Long-term deferred tax liability                    4,799      4,740 Other long-term liabilities                            73        221 ---------- ----------- Total liabilities                                  20,555     24,437 ---------- ----------- Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Class B Preferred Stock, $.01 par value              ---        --- Authorized - 1,000,000 shares; Issued and outstanding - none Common stock, $.01 par value                         337        328 Authorized - 100,000,000 shares; Issued - 33,693,217 shares at June 30, 2008 and 32,779,404 shares at March 31, 2008; Outstanding - 33,682,198 shares at June 30, 2008 and 32,768,385 shares at March 31, 2008 Additional paid-in-capital                       310,503    300,787 Accumulated deficit                             (221,508)  (212,394) Treasury stock at cost - 11,019 shares at June 30, 2008 and at March 31, 2008                     (116)      (116) Accumulated other comprehensive income             4,856      4,989 ---------- ----------- Total stockholders' equity                         94,072     93,594 ---------- ----------- Total liabilities and stockholders' equity      $ 114,627  $ 118,031 ========== =========== 

 Abiomed, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) (in thousands, except share data)  Three Months Ended June 30, ----------------------- 2008        2007 ----------- ----------- Revenue: Products                                  $   16,270  $   13,901 Funded research and development                   87         162 ----------- ----------- 16,357      14,063 ----------- ----------- Costs and expenses: Cost of product revenue excluding amortization of intangibles                   5,627       3,532 Research and development                       6,144       5,516 Selling, general and administrative           13,514      12,441 Arbitration decision                             ---       1,232 Amortization of intangible assets                426         380 ----------- ----------- 25,711      23,101 ----------- ----------- Loss from operations                               (9,354)     (9,038) ----------- ----------- Other income: Investment income, net                           244         907 Other income, net                                141           1 ----------- ----------- 385         908 ----------- ----------- Loss before provision for income taxes             (8,969)     (8,130) Provision for income taxes                            145         145 ----------- ----------- Net loss                                       $   (9,114) $   (8,275) =========== ===========  Basic and diluted net loss per share           $    (0.28) $    (0.26) Weighted average shares outstanding                32,845      32,338